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This Highland Park Stunner is a Designer’s Dream — Two Creative Forces Make for a House to Remember

Step Into 4512 North Versailles, a Rare Michelle Nussbaumer Treat


A stunning hidden gem has just hit the market in Dallas’ prestigious Highland Park neighborhood — and it brings serious design cred. The home, full of light and bursting with color, is just what you’d expect from its owner, jewelry designer Laura Ginsburg Pierson — and the renowned designer who created it.

That would be the inimitable Michelle Nussbaumer, known for her elegant high-end designs. Her showstopper at 4512 North Versailles Avenue is a rare, unexpected treat. The globetrotting Nussbaumer doesn’t often take on projects of this size.

This bold-hued Highland Park home, a carefully curated collaboration between the home designer and jewelry designer, each with an artistic eye, is now listed for $2.695 million.

You can tour the sprawling, four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath, 5,107-square-foot abode at an open house this Sunday, September 15, from 1 to 3 pm.

The house features a mixed-media exterior, a winning combination of different styles of bricks and stones. The exterior is eye-catching but still blends in seamlessly with the neighboring homes.

When you step inside the entry of 4512 North Versailles, you will be dazzled. Quite literally. A sparkling antique French light fixture overhead calls you to glance upwards, where you’ll find a jaw-dropping dramatic touch.

The ceiling is a swirling sea of black and white in a graphic print. The daring, dramatic wallpaper comes from Cole and Son. That is just the first hint of Nussbaumer’s sweeping passion for patterns.

As you wind your way through the house, walking through airy rooms from arched doorway to arched doorway, you’ll find the perfect balance of classic and contemporary.

Some rooms are crisp and classic, with tones of dove gray, chic white and stark blacks. But soon you’ll see the vibrant splashes of color transforming everyday rooms into works of art of their own. This is a house that’s perfect for displaying art that enhances the already creative spaces.

This home is saturated with rich colors. Playful, prismatic swaths of color and patterns provide a perfect balance of energetic and elegant.

4512 n versailles kitchen
The kitchen features delicate wallpaper and gleaming marble.

In the kitchen, the soft colors of the Christopher Martin wallpaper make for a delicate accent, playing well with the gleaming marble countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. You can find your center in that space of calm, next to the charming breakfast room overlooking a lushly landscaped backyard and pool.

The informal living room is pristine with Phillip Jeffries silver leaf wallpaper. The formal living room has vivid flair from the de Gournay custom hand-painted portobello wallpaper.

The powder bath truly shines, with scalamandre gold leaf wallpaper with custom hand painting designed by none other than Nussbaumer herself, surrounding the Sherle Wagner carved marble sink with rock crystal and gold fixtures.

Emerald green ceilings add a deep intensity to the striking library, lined with custom bookcases. It’s one of two areas built for contemplation in this unique house. The other is the sophisticated study and den.

Upstairs, spacious bedrooms sing in Robin’s egg blue, stirring red-orange and more, each with their own personality. Each bedroom comes with a relaxing private bath.

The expansive master bedroom boasts sky-high vaulted ceilings and a generous seating area that beckons you to sit down and unwind. Dual sinks, a jetted tub, his-and-hers vanities and walk-in closets finish off this masterpiece of a master suite.

And the garage proves to be a further extension of the home, as it boasts comfortable living quarters that overlook the backyard.

While you may never want to step outside this Highland Park home, you’ll be rewarded with the memorable backyard if you do. A covered porch, covered patio and outdoor living center provide the perfect stage for entertaining. The lavish backyard is also met with a beautiful pool and attached spa, perfect for winding down during the week or hosting occasions on the weekends.

Sometimes, a house is not just a house. It’s a state of mind too. And in the case of 4512 North Versailles Avenue, a designer’s dream.

House File

4512 North Versailles Avenue

Square footage: 5,107

Bedrooms: Four

Bathrooms: Four and one half

Listing Agents: McKamy Looney, 214-354-6903

Amy Detwiler, 214-536-8680

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